::Wake Radio Tower On Discovery Channel
From Raleigh Chronicle Staff & Wire Reports
Thursday, May 3, 2007
WAKE FOREST - The massive tower of local classical radio station WCPE 89.7FM, was recently featured as part of the new Discovery Channel show, "Hazard Pay," on April 25th. The WCPE tower stands 1,200 feet tall and is located in northern Wake County.
"The tower is taller than the Empire State Building -- when I got to the top, I could actually see the curvature of the earth," said Curt Doussett, host of "Hazard Pay," according to the radio station.
According to the Discovery Channel, the show features dangerous jobs in each episode and the host Curt Doussett features a different dangerous occupation for the show each week.
During his visit to the Triangle, WCPE said Doussett was put to work as a "high-altitude plumber" as he inspected the "pipes" on the tower. The cables going from the radio station's studios next door to the transmitter are housed in conduit piping and requires regular maintenance.
"It took me hours to climb to the top of the tower. It's supposed to take only one hour, 15 minutes," Doussett jokingly told the station. "It's so nice to climb above all the trees so you can see...more trees."
Falling is a real hazard of working on a tower of this height. According to the station, a fall from 1,200 feet is on the edge of reaching terminal velocity, the speed at which a person can fall no faster due to air resistance.
"By the time I got down, I had blisters all over my hands and I was exhausted...I cheated death protecting public radio!" said Doussett, in a statement issued through the station.
In addition to the 100,000-watt Wake Forest tower, WCPE's broadcast can be accessed across the U.S. in several ways: on-line streaming in multiple formats, including IPv6, big and small home satellite dish reception and local cable television systems.